Autism Spectrum Disorder
Does your child have difficulty with change, emotional regulation, communication, social interactions, and transitions? Does your child prefer to play alone or have restricted or repetitive interests?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, cognitive, communication and behavioral challenges.
Drawing on over 25 years of experience working with children diagnosed with ASD, Lori Gross, M.A., CCC-SLP, utilizes a variety of approaches and tailors her treatment plans to address the unique needs of each client to improve social learning, cognitive flexibility, communication, play, and social-emotional/self regulation. Building these skills improves behavior, interactions and learning.
At Thera+Kids Associates, we recognize that each child is unique. We use a variety of therapeutic methodologies, including the Social Thinking® curriculum We Thinkers! and Hanen® More Than Words for younger children. For older children, methodologies such as You are a Social Detective!, Social Thinking and Me, Superflex and the team of Unthinkables, and The Zones of Regulation ® are used. Lori also incorporates other models into her therapy including DIR® (Developmental, Individual-differences & Relationship-based), SCERTS (Social Communication Emotional Regulation & Transactional Support), and ABLC (Affect Based Learning Curriculum).
Using a variety of approaches and multi-sensory, play-based activities including storytelling, art, pretend play, movement, music, drama and making videos, we teach the following skills in a fun and motivating way:
- Language and communication
- Core social learning skills
- Social-emotional regulation
- Self modulation
- Theory of mind (the ability to take the perspective of other people)
- Ability to function in a group
- Problem solving and negotiation
- Age-appropriate play skills
- Behavior management
Family involvement is a priority. Therapy updates and home-based activities are provided to carry over skills. We empower caregivers as their children become better social thinkers, and problem solvers while improving behavior and self confidence.